Early Two Piece Aluminum Heer Combat Buckle

Original price was: $595.00.Current price is: $495.00.

Condition: Excellent+

Maker: Unmarked

Base Material: Aluminum

SKU: JW5852 Category: Tags ,

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Product Description: This two-piece Heer combat buckle is a rare buckle that is missing from most collections. It is an early production type, made of aluminum. It retains an incredible 95 percent of the original factory applied green paint, which indicates this buckle was intended for field use. The body of the buckle shows crisp pebbling. The front of the buckle has a separate Heer roundel with a beautifully executed early type eagle and swastika emblem. Slight wear reveals the bright color of the aluminum at the high points. The reverse of this hard to find Heer combat buckle variant is flat and smooth. There is no maker mark, which is typical for these. All four of the roundel prongs are intact and visible. The integral catch for the belt hook and the roller bar and prongs assembly are all original, and complete, with no damage or repairs. This buckle would be a tough one to upgrade. The condition rates as excellent plus.




Historical Description: The belt buckle was an important part of the regalia worn by all uniformed military, civil, political, and paramilitary organizations during the Third Reich. The belt (“Koppel”) was part of the uniform and would always be worn while on duty. The belt buckle (“Koppelschloss”) was generally specific to each organization, with many organizations having separate belt buckles for officers and for enlisted personnel, sometimes with different colors and finishes to further denote specific purposes. The buckles were adorned with various mottos and designs specific to the organizations for which they were intended. Many designs used the German national eagle emblem, in a variety of forms. Belt buckles were worn with uniforms ranging from finely tailored officer parade uniforms, to the issue uniforms of enlisted soldiers in combat. Generally speaking, most German belt buckles of the Third Reich were made with two prongs on the reverse, to allow the buckle to be worn and adjusted on a belt. The buckle had a catch that would mate with a hook on the belt, when worn. The earliest Third Reich buckles were often made of brass, or nickel silver. Later, aluminum became very common, and was used on private purchase as well as enlisted buckles of the German military, with or without a painted or plated finish. After WWII began, most enlisted military buckles were steel. Nazi belt buckles were popular souvenirs for Allied troops who served in Europe. Some types were made by the millions and remain quite common today. Others were made in limited numbers and are very rare.



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